Leading through Crisis: A Primer in Disaster Preparedness

Effective disaster response requires advance preparation and strategic planning. This module details how to position academic nursing leaders to ensure continuity of operations when disaster strikes. In addition to setting expectations for top leaders, content focuses in part on how to prepare faculty and students to thrive during a crisis using nursing curriculum that leverages contemporary lessons learned and integrates best practices connected to disaster preparedness and response.

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the leader’s role in maintaining continuity in times of crisis.
  2. Design curriculum and instruction in disaster preparedness across nursing education programs.
  3. Engage students and faculty in crisis management and response.

Author: Roberta P. Lavin, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN

Experts Interviewed:

  • Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Joanne C. Langan, PhD, RN, CNE
  • Liz Dietz, EdD, RN, CS-NP, CSN
  • Mary Pat Couig, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Leadership Development Modules
Sharpen your leadership skills using this on-demand series designed exclusively for nursing deans, faculty, and graduate students. Modules will enrich your understanding of key principles and practices needed for leaders to succeed in the academic arena. AACN has developed this series in conjunction with seasoned experts who offer guidance and practical strategies on how to navigate real-world challenges and amplify your effectiveness. Content is designed to stimulate fresh thinking and provide solutions to some of your most pressing challenges. This resource was developed for nursing professionals at all levels, including those aspiring to leadership roles.

Pricing and Continuing Education


The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. The entire module and assessment must be completed to earn contact hours. This module is approved 3 Nursing Continuing Professional Development Hours.

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